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  • Acting for Two: While its cast isn't as large as Dynasty Warriors, it's still a trend for Samurai Warriors as the series keeps rolling out new installments.
    • Hideo Ishikawa voices Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Motonari Mori; for the former, it wasn't until the second game and he also uses his unique goofy high-pitch for him. Ishikawa also voices two completely different sounding figures in Dynasty Warriors.
    • It's surprising to hear Yuji Ueda either as the Boisterous Bruiser Keiji Maeda or hear him shriek with insanity as Kojirō Sasaki.
    • Joji Nakata as Kenshin Uesugi and Ieyasu Tokugawa; in fact, Nakata uses an exceptionally close tone of voice for both, but the difference can be determined via the volume of their respective dialogue - Kenshin is soft-spoken, whereas Ieyasu is emotional and gruff.
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    • Naomi Shindo as Ranmaru Mori and Ginchiyo Tachibana.
    • Wakana Yamazaki is Okuni and Nene.
    • Nobuyuki Hiyama pulls a Playing Against Type: as Masamune Date, he keeps the Hot-Blooded aspects his other famous roles are known for, but as Kotaro Fuma, he uses a subdued voice, albeit in a sinister tone.
    • Hisao Egawa for Goemon Ishikawa and Yoshihiro Shimazu, though both voice tones are noticeably different. Again, he also voices a historical figure in Dynasty Warriors beforehand.
    • Masaya Takatsuka as Kanetsugu Naoe and Kanbei Kuroda.
    • Eiji Takemoto for the calm, yet Jerkass Mitsunari Ishida and the silent, Hot-Blooded Katsuie Shibata.
    • Umeka Shouji is Hanbei Takenaka and Aya; in the former's intro, she even uses her normal voice for his disguise.
    • Ryota Takeuchi as Kojuro Katakura and Kagekatsu Uesugi; the former uses his usual voice, while the latter is more gruff with few words to speak.
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    • Katsuyuki Konishi as both Toshiie Maeda and Naomasa Ii. He previously voiced Shuten Douji in Warriors Orochi 3, so this is the second time he's voiced two figures in one Musou Warriors series game.
  • Creator's Favorite: Naotora Ii; not only is she the only character on the roster modeled after a Real Life actress, she's favored by the series' producer.
  • Dueling Games: With Sengoku Basara; while Samurai Warriors features less over-the-top personalities, but more grounded historical fiction aspects compared to the former, it has better international appeal and marketing. Koei Tecmo makes it more clear this franchise is geared for all audiences. Meanwhile, Capcom and Sengoku Basara (at least in the latest installments) likes to target itself with the Yaoi fandom - this is shown with how this series likes to insert its fair share of women, whereas Sengoku Basara piles on the Ho Yay moreso than Samurai Warriors.
    • To make this more apparent, both series has a pseudo "competition" of sorts with one another with regards to new character inclusions: if there's a historical figure in the Jidai Geki added in a new installment of one series first, chances are the other series will add their own rendition of the individual for their next installment (and vice versa). For example, Yoshihiro was part of the Sengoku Basara roster in its first game before the character made his debut in Samurai Warriors 2; likewise, Hanbei was added to the Samurai Warriors 3 cast following his appearance in Sengoku Basara 2.
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    • Furthermore, Samurai Warriors started to use particular character "archetypes" Sengoku Basara used first for their cast: take Gracia, for instance - she's meant to be the "Christian" representative of Samurai Warriors when Pontiff Xavi pulled this schtick originally in Sengoku Basara (until he was replaced by Ootomo Sourin). Meanwhile, characters like Ujiyasu Hojo and Takakage Takakage are the "representatives" of their respective clans in Samurai Warriors in contrast to Sengoku Basara using Ujimasa Hojo and Hideaki Kobayakawa.
    • Spin-Off Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is meant to be Koei Tecmo's answer to Capcom's Sengoku Basara: Sanada Yukimura-den, capitalizing on the popularity of the NHK television drama Sanada-Maru. Koei Tecmo's approach for this particular installment as they added more content in response to Capcom's less-than-stellar rhetoric for Yukimura-den, such as a revamped campaign system, aging up characters appropriately as the story progresses ("old Yukimura" has a different moveset than when he is a young adult), a new female character (Chacha), adding a popular historical figure that has been in Sengoku Basara (Sasuke), and of course, a localized release. As a result, Spirit of Sanada kept the franchise afloat while the competition became a Franchise Killer.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Honor Trio" for Kanetsugu, Mitsunari and Yukimura due to their vow that they would fight for honor.
    • "Pedo-yoshi" for Hideyoshi due to his interactions with Chachanote  in Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada; historically, Hideyoshi was roughly 33-years older than her.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Naotora Ii is modeled after Real Life Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara.
  • No Dub for You: After Samurai Warriors 3, the subsequent games to come out in the west (Chronicles 1 & 3, 4, 4-II, 4 Empires and Spirit of Sanada) are released with Japanese dub only. Subverted by the anime, which is dubbed by Funimation.
  • No Export for You: All expansions of Samurai Warriors 3 (Xtreme Legends/Z, Empires and Z: Special) and Samurai Warriors Chronicles 2nd have not received an international release. This is likely due to 3 being released in the United States on just the Wii and not on the Playstation 3 version and for including a remake of Nazo no Murasame Jō which was originally made by Nintendo.
    • The Switch port of Spirit of Sanada, made in celebration of Omega Force's 20th anniversary, has yet to leave Japan since its release in 2017.
  • The Other Darrin
    • Daisuke Gori voiced Shingen Takeda, but his sudden passing gave Ryuzaburo Otomo the role starting from Samurai Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends.
    • The original voice actor for Hideyoshi in the first game and Xtreme Legends expansion was Munehiro Tokida, but was mysteriously replaced by Hideo Ishikawa permanently when Samurai Warriors 2 was released. Likewiwse, Takayuki Sasada voiced Nagamasa Azai in the first game, until Hiroshi Kamiya was brought in to replace him after becoming a playable character in Samurai Warriors 2.
    • Hidetada is voiced by Yusuke Handa in Spirit of Sanada after his character design was revamped. However, originally Hidetada was voiced by Shouta Ebina in the Sengoku Musou anime.
    • Ujiyasu Hojo's voice actor, Unshou Ishizuka, passed away on August 2018. Masashi Ebara takes over his role for Warriors Orochi 4 and is likely to also take over for the upcoming Samurai Warriors 5.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • It's practically unthinkable to hear Nobuyuki Hiyama not voice a character without him going Hot-Blooded with loads of Large Ham, yet his portrayal of the calculating, chaos-loving Kotaro Fuma absolute sells it to players.
    • Joji Nakata is known for voicing sinister characters but he voiced Ieyasu Tokugawa and Kenshin Uesugi who are complete opposite character types.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Takeshi Kusao (Yukimura Sanada) is married to Yuka Saito (Naotora Ii) in 2015.
    • Ryotaro Okiayu (Motochika Chosokabe) is married to Ai Maeda (Oichi) in 2013. This is actually his second marriage after he divorced fellow voice actress, Nao Nagasawa.
  • Role Reprisal
    • Vic Mignogna, the English voice actor for Mitsuhide Akechi in Samurai Warriors 3, voiced Tenkai in Sengoku Basara 3. In this case, Tenkai in the latter game is really Mitsuhide in disguise.
    • Johnny Yong Bosch voices Yukimura Sanada in both Samurai Warriors and Sengoku Basara.
    • Gina Bowes voiced Kunoichi in the first game; due to the character's removal in Samurai Warriors 2, she returns in Samurai Warriors 3, making her the only English voice actor for this series to return for not only another game, but the exact same role.
  • Talking to Himself
    • Ryotaro Okiayu as Motochika Chosokabe, who has special conversations with Sima Shi in Warriors Orochi 3. Furthermore, Okiayu also voices the titular Big Bad of Warriors Orochi. Similarly, Hideo Ishikawa as Motonari with Jia Xu in Warriors Orochi 3.
    • Kagekatsu and Kojūrō: considering the Date, whom Kojūrō is aligned with, clashes with the Uesugi, this was inevitable.

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